Welcome one and all, new readers and returning readers, to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire!
I hope you all are staying safe and enjoying your daily dose of sports! The playoffs are looming, and fantasy owners will be on the lookout for players who can give them the edge they need.
Before we get into the must-have waiver wire adds, let's look at the studs and duds of the week.
Stud: Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant today:
Pure. ??? pic.twitter.com/K18FIBfLfa
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 13, 2022
Durant is playing at his usual level, but his performance Sunday against the Knicks was mind-boggling. He took 37 shots and made 19, totaling 53 points along with 15 combined rebounds and assists. He single-handedly carried the Nets to victory and is clearly fully healthy and ready to lead the Nets to the playoffs.
Dud: Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Spurs
With the Spurs committing to a rebuild, younger players are getting more time on the court. Walker is one of those players, but he has been struggling over the past several games. He has gone 2-8, 5-12, 2-10, and 6-16 from the field in his last four games. Numbers like these can happen with younger players, and it makes him someone to avoid for fantasy in the meantime.
Take a look at last week's waiver wire post to make sure you are cleaning up on the boards! Without further ado, time to see who you need to add to your Fantasy rosters!
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire
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Trendon Watford, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers (6.1% Rostered ESPN)
— NBA BASKETBALL (@DejoseMark) March 13, 2022
Watford has consistently improved in his increased role with the Blazers. He has scored over 10 points in five straight games, including a 27 point masterpiece on Saturday. With Jusuf Nurkic out for the foreseeable future and almost all normal starters out with injury, Watford will see starter minutes. He is an excellent source of rebounds and points. Watford can do it all; he should be rostered in all leagues.
Bones Hyland, PG, Denver Nuggets (1% Rostered)
Bones Hyland put the moves on 'em ? pic.twitter.com/c0Do7ktGZx
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 11, 2022
Hyland is putting together strong numbers in a limited role. He is quickly becoming the best bench option for the Nuggets, having scored in double-digits in four of his last five games. Hyland is also an excellent facilitator. He's dished out 21 assists in his last five games. Hyland seems to be hitting his stride at the right time and will make for a good pickup for any roster. Working closely with MVP candidate Nikola Jokic is a major boon to his fantasy prospects as well.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Washington Wizards (17.6% Rostered)
KCP getting ready to face his old team? pic.twitter.com/aOSesOanFI
— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 12, 2022
Caldwell-Pope is taking advantage of the playing time afforded to him by the Bradley Beal injury. With no other real primary options besides Kyle Kuzma, KCP has been thrust into an important role and has begun to pick up the pace. He has scored at least 15 points in five of his last six games, including a 26 point outburst on Saturday. His assist numbers are solid as well, usually gathering three to five a contest. He has also grabbed five steals in his last four games, highlighting his two-way productivity. KCP is someone you can nab for your teams who can do a bit of everything, especially three-point shooting.
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